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NATION/WORLD

YMARIJUANA
Continued from Page 1
is "all for the research into it" but he
doesn't condone smoking marijuana.
"He thinks it's a back door to legal-
ization" she said.
Wolfe said legislators shouldn't deny
her the medical drug that she needs.
'I don't feel that my health should be a
victim of a political thing," Wolfe said.
"The war on drugs is a war on patients."
University neurology Prof. Sid
Gilman said multiple sclerosis causes
the immune system to attack itself, and
its severity fluctuates.
It can spontaneously get worse and
r then by itself get better," Gilman said,
adding that three treatments are known
for MS, but sufferers must continue to
be "treated for life."
But Gilman said he is unaware of any
solid proof that marijuana is an effec-
tive way to subdue the.symptoms asso-

ciated with the disease.
"There have been kind of anecdotal
reports of improvement from treatment
with marijuana," he said.
An article by George Annas in the
Aug. 7, 1997, issue of the New England
Journal of Medicine said the drug
should be available for those with
health conditions necessitating it.
"As long as a therapy is safe and has
not been proven ineffective, seriously ill
patients (and their physicians) should
have access to whatever they need to
fight for their lives," Annas wrote.
Wolfe has used other treatments for
MS, but said she had side effects that
made her sick. She first tried marijuana
during a study conducted by the
University in 1981.
The study examined the benefits
marijuana could have for MS
patients, but "that was not continued,
and there was no report of it," Gilman
said.

INTEFLEX
Continued from Page 1
efit a broader range of undergraduates,
Javid said.
General pre-med students inter-
viewed by the committee expressed
most of the negativity regarding pre-
med counseling, Javid said, adding that
committee heard some "horror stories"
from students including long waits and
untrained counselors.
"As an Inteflex student the Inteflex
counseling is outstanding," Javid said.
The group of students the counselors
have to attend to is much smaller, he said.
The many requirements for pre-
health students makes effective coun-
seling a must, Javid said, adding that
"It's not an easy road to follow."
History Prof. Martin Pernick, an
Inteflex faculty member since 1979,
said pre-health students have a wealth
of existing resources available to them,

but poor communication and coordina-
tion have caused many students to miss
those opportunities.
"Many students and faculty came to
us with deeply thought-out proposals"
for courses, Pernick said. The commit-
tee's investigation turned up courses
very similar or exactly similar to those
proposed, Pernick said, adding that
some classes were duplicated in differ-
ent departments and the faculty was
unaware of the similarities.
"Every major branch of the University
you can think of has classes that would
fall under the rubric of Health and
Society," said Pernick, who teaches a
course on the "History of Medicine."
Students advocated other classes that
are essential but not offered at the
University, like heath economics,
Pernick said, explaining that courses
like this that students need for under-
graduate pre-health education are defi-
nitely a priority.

AROUND THE NATION

cz --

Tests show Farrakhan "cured" of cancer
WASHINGTON - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is recovering well
from surgery and is ready to leave the hospital, according to his supporters and
doctors who held a buoyant news conference yesterday in response to reports that
he is seriously ill.
Farrakhan had a "minor" surgical procedure last week to correct bleeding cause
by earlier radiation treatment for prostate cancer, said Abdul Alim Muhammad, W
personal physician.
Both Muhammad and Alfred Goldson, head of radiation oncology at Howard
University Hospital, said tests showed Farrakhan was "cured" of the cancer diag-
nosed eight years ago.
"He's in high spirits," said Muhammad, Nation of Islam's health minister.
"He feels good, he looks good and he's eating well. He hasn't had chemothera-
py like King Hussein and he's got a full head of hair," said Muhammad, who added
that Farrakhan had walked out of his room a few hours after surgery, roamed the
hallways, watched a movie and listened to music.
Muhammad, along with other top officers of the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan's
doctors at Howard University Hospital, held the news conference to correcttlf
"distortions" of Farrakhan's health, Muhammad said. Farrakhan did not attend.,
of late yesterday, hospital staff said he remains there.

BROOKS
Continued from Page 1.
Bunting also said fraternity mem-
bers filed a complaint against an offi-
cer who they accused of mishandling
a fraternity member who was
attempting to help an injured fraterni-
ty brother.
Logghe confirmed that the report
was filed and the complaint was inves-
tigated, but said he could not comment

on the investigation itself.
Athletic Department spokesperson
Bruce Madej said there was no official
comment from the athletic department
regarding Brooks' recently-issued war-
rant.
Brooks is not currently enrolled in
the University. He was suspended
indefinitely earlier this year from the
University and from the football team.
Jackson was also suspended from the
football team following the incident.

Study: teen smoking
alters lungs forever
WASHINGTON - Smoking in the
teen-age years causes permanent genet-
ic changes in the lungs and forever
increases the risk of lung cancer -
even if the smoker quits, a study finds.
And the younger the smoking starts,
the more damage is done.
The research, at a time when more
than a third of teens take up the smok-
ing habit, shows "there is something
uniquely bad about starting young,"
said John Wiencke, a genetics expert at
the University of California at San
Francisco, School of Medicine.
The research gives powerful labora-
tory evidence of why starting smoking
before the age of 18 can be particularly
harmful to long-term health, said
Wiencke, author of a study in the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
today.
Youthful smoking on a daily basis
apparently causes lung damage that
lasts a lifetime, he said. Such damage is
less likely among smokers who start in
their 20s.

"It looks like it is the age when
smoking starts that is important,"
Wiencke said. "It didn't matter if they
were heavy or light smokers - what
mattered is that they started young."
Earlier studies have indicated that
young smoking stunts the lungs' full
development and increases the risky
breathing problems later in life.
Despite conflict,
China may join WTO
WASHINGTON - Chinese
Premier Zhu Rongji's visit toihe
United States comes at a time of partic-
ularly tense relations between Beijing
and Washington, including a stark dis-
pute over the bombing of Yugoslavia.
China has called for an immedS
halt to the NATO airstrikes. And
Chinese leaders even considered post-
poning Zhu's six-city, nine-day visit
that began yesterday in Los Angeles.
Even so, Zhu still hopes to close a
deal with the Clinton administration
to allow Beijing to join the World
Trade Organization, which regulates
international trade, after 13 years of
trying.

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Russia opposes
Palestinian statehood
MOSCOW - Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat, sounding out world lead-
ers' support for declaring a Palestinian
state next month, heard a firm "not
now" from Russia yesterday.
President Boris Yeltsin greeted Arafat
with a bear hug at the start of their
Kremlin meeting, and said Moscow
would continue to support the
Palestinians.
Russia told Arafat not to declare an
independent Palestinian state on May
4, when an interim autonomy agree-
ment with Israel expires.
Russia has been developing better
ties with Israel in recent years, and has
sought not to offend either Israelis or
Palestinians in the complex Middle
East peace negotiations.
Arafat reiterated the Palestinians'
right to go their own way and declare a
state May 4 in the areas now under
Palestinian self-rule, or continue nego-
tiations with Israel.
"We haven't made a final decision

yet on the May 4 problem, and we are
continuing consultations;' Arafat said.
Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny
Pmakov said the Palestinians' right to
create a state was "indisputable"
urged Arafat to avoid rushing the procd
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu opposes Palestinian state-
hood and has threatened to counter
such a unilateral declaration.
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